This is the Paterson Long Plain elevator. It is shiny new, having opened on June 28 2012. It has a storage capacity of over 42,000 mt and includes a 130 car loop track, so unit trains can be loaded without breaking them into pieces. It's so new that if you look at the area in Google Maps, it is just a field.
After burying myself up to the knees in snow to get that shot, I made my way back to the car and we went back to the Trans-Canada Highway to continue east. After about five minutes we saw a westbound general freight train. We decided to turn around and chase it into Calgary. It became apparent that we could easily get back to the grain elevator before the train, so we took highway 901 and set up near the crossing to get the train. Jeff was going to get the shot around the bend, and I had three photo opportunities: the "coming" shot at the crossing, a side shot with the grain elevator just ahead of the train, and a "going away" shot.
I managed to screw that up quite nicely.
Here's the coming shot, out of focus.
The side shot was a total disaster, way out of focus and I was too late and the train obstructed the elevator.
At least the going away shot was OK.
We hit the road and went around Gleichen on highway 901, arriving at the next crossing well ahead of the train. We set up and soon enough CP 9767 came rolling along.
|CP 9767 near Gleichen, Alberta|
I tried to shoot it with the signal, and it turned out OK, I think.
We carried on toward Calgary. I figured we could easily get to the overpass at Indus and get an overhead shot of the train. We parked off the overpass. As we walked up the overpass, there were headlights visible coming from Calgary. We hurried up to the top of the overpass in time to catch CP 9517 leading a container train.
They must have met at Dalemead. After a while, CP 9767 rolled into view with the Calgary East grain elevator in the background.
We went into Calgary to see what was up with the CN and CP yards after that.
P.S. The last time I saw CP 9767, it was a mid-train engine on a potash train near Banff. Times change!
P.P.S. I put "again" in the title because I used Railfanning the Brooks Subdivision already for a blog post in June 2010.